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Three people injured in acid attack at NTU; suspect found dead

2017/10/20 11:40:45

Taipei, Oct. 20 (CNA) Three people at National Taiwan University (NTU) in Taipei have been hospitalized with burns after a man doused them with acid in the early hours of Friday, city police said.

Responding to an emergency call around midnight Thursday, police went to an NTU dormitory where they found two students and a female security guard who said they had been victims of an acid attack, according to Huang Kuo-shi (黃國師), investigation section chief at the Daan police precinct.

Police also found the body of a 25-year old male graduate of National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST) who allegedly carried out the acid attack then committed suicide, Huang told the media.

Citing eyewitness accounts, police said the suspect, surnamed Chang (張), had gotten into a fierce quarrel with a 23-year-old NTU student.

Chang then allegedly splashed acid on the NTU student surnamed Hsieh (謝), as well as on a female security guard Ku (谷) and another 23-year-old NTU student Luo (駱), who were both on the scene of the quarrel, police said.

After the acid attack, Chang allegedly cut his own throat, police said.

The three people he allegedly attacked were taken to National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH) for emergency treatment, police said

An unidentified NTUH physician told CNA that one of them is in a life threatening situation, having suffered chemical burns over most of the body.

(By C.P. Liu and Flor Wang)